The hosts of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scotland have managed to impress their home fans by breaking a record in their history – the number of gold medals they have won. The previous record that Scotland had held was a total of 11 gold medals, which they managed to win in 2006 during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. The total medal haul by Scotland has also been broken as they have impressively won a total of 33 medals so far in Glasgow 2014. It was Scotland’s Alex Marshall and Paul Foster who won the record 12th Gold medal in the lawn bowls.
Scotland are doing fantastically well in this year’s Commonwealth Games as they are third in the overall medal count with 33 medals, just behind England and the very impressive Australia. Scotland hosting the games is having an obvious effect on the Scottish competitors as they are all performing brilliantly. Yet, they are not able to outshine their neighbour country, England. The English have managed to win a total of 74 medals so far, claiming 27 Golds. However, the age long battle between England and Australia in the Commonwealth Games continues as the Aussies are leading, with 87 medals, and 30 Golds.
Scotland’s Alex Marshall, one of the lawn bowlers to claim Scotland’s 12th gold medal, has previously won 2 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006. Before Glasgow 2014 his partner, Paul Foster had only ever won one Gold at a Commonwealth Games in 2006. Yet, they have both said how this victory in the greatest triumph of their careers. Marshall commented, “This is just fantastic. I have won two Golds before but this one tops the lot. Playing in your own back yard, in front of your own fans – you just can’t beat it. Simply the best.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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